ZDF Se­lect over­power Caps United

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

ZDF Se­lect 2-0 Caps United ZIM­BABWE De­fence Forces Soc­cer Se­lect team yes­ter­day proved that there is a lot of depth within its soc­cer teams when they beat Pre­mier­ship side Caps United in the De­fence Forces Cup at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

ZDF soc­cer clubs have dom­i­nated for a long time and over the years they have pro­duced qual­ity play­ers that have played for the na­tional team and other big clubs.

Yes­ter­day, the Se­lect team fea­tured play­ers from the Pre­mier­ship side Cha­pungu and Di­vi­sion One sides Black Rhi­nos and Ton­gog­ara with the play­ers a mix­ture of youth and vet­eran play­ers ex­hibit­ing some good foot­ball as they stood against Caps United.

The match capped the De­fence Forces Day cel­e­bra­tions which had be­gun with a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­plays.

The Min­is­ter of De­fence Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi pre­sented the win­ners with a tro­phy.

For win­ning the Cup the Se­lect side was re­warded with $7 000 prize money while the los­ing fi­nal­ists Caps United pock­eted $5 000.

Some of the im­por­tant guests at the sta­dium were Com­man­der of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Gen­eral Con­stantino Gu­veya Do­minic Nyikadzino Chi­wenga, Air Force Com­man­der Air Mar­shal Per­rance Shiri and Zim­babwe Na­tional Army Com­man­der Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Phillip Valerio Sibanda.

Goals from Black Rhi­nos for­ward Vin­cent Mhandu in the 16th minute and vet­eran striker Phillip Marufu 55th minute saw the ZDF Se­lect make light work of the for­mer cham­pi­ons in an ex­cit­ing match which was watched by a near ca­pac­ity crowd at the gi­ant fa­cil­ity.

For­mer Pre­mier­ship side Black Rhi­nos showed that it is not a fluke that they are on sum­mit of the Zifa North­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One stand­ings as they pro­vided the bulk of the play­ers in the team with their at­tack­ing play­ers Ma­heya and Vin­cent Mhandu on song the whole af­ter­noon.

ZDF Se­lect coach Maronga Nyan­gela was happy with the vic­tory.

“It is a great vic­tory in­deed. I am happy be­cause we have claimed back the tro­phy which was taken by Dy­namos last year. The team played ac­cord­ing to plan de­spite the fact that we only trained for three days.

“There is depth in de­fence forces teams and this team is go­ing to be one of the best de­fence teams.

“Caps United is a good team. They are on top of the log, we re­spect them but to­day we didn’t give them much re­spect. “We wanted to win,” said Nyan­gela. Caps United did not hang their heads in shame with as­sis­tant coach Fun­gai “Tostao” Kwashi say­ing they drew a lot of pos­i­tives from the game.

Go­ing into the game gaffer Lloyd Chitem­bwe said he wanted to have a closer look at some of the play­ers at the same time main­tain­ing their mo­men­tum as they travel to Hwange for a tricky league as­sign­ment this week­end.

The tech­ni­cal team was left sat­is­fied with some of the play­ers they threw into the fray.

“It was a good game of foot­ball. We dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but didn’t have the de­ci­sive­ness in the fi­nal third. We are grate­ful for be­ing in­vited here, even though we rested eight reg­u­lar starters we were able to play well and see what other play­ers have got to of­fer.

“I was so im­pressed with this game. We now know the level of the per­for­mances of all our play­ers be­cause a match sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent to a train­ing ses­sion.

“If you look at young play­ers like Amon (Kam­banje, striker) he had a great game and kept pos­ses­sion. Valen­tine (Musarurwa) was on as well.

“In a squad of many play­ers, it is im­por­tant to ro­tate the play­ers and they should al­ways fight for their places.

“Over­all, I am happy. I am not wor­ried about the re­sult as it was all about the foot­ball skills be­ing dis­played,” said Kwashi.

The for­mer Caps United at­tack­ing mid­fielder also hailed the ZDF Se­lect team.

“Well done to ZDF team. They showed dis­ci­pline, tight de­fence and solid mid­field. They man­aged to hit us on the counter,” he said.

Caps United gave a run to some of the play­ers that are not com­mand­ing first team places while mid­fielder Devon Chafa and skip­per Stephen Makatuka pro­vided the sta­bil­ity.

Chafa was re­placed by Archieford Gutu at half time as the coaches sought to give Gutu who is lack­ing match fit­ness some game time.

How­ever, it was not a per­fect day for Caps United goal­keeper Jo­rum Muchambo on his re­turn as he con­ceded two goals.

Caps United first choice goal­keeper Ed­more “Zi­keeper” Sibanda was hav­ing fun in the match as he later came in the sec­ond pe­riod trad­ing his —

gloves for a right back po­si­tion as he re­placed in­jured Zvikom­borero Biseki.

De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi hands over the De­fence Forces Tro­phy to Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Se­lect skip­per Bruce Homora whi­ile Philip Marufu looks on at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Pic­ture by Ku­dak­washe Hunda

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